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Reader interview: He enjoys sci-fi, including Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner interview is with David Schaab, theater manager for Cinema Center.

“Currently, I am reading the third book in Stephen King's seven-book series, 'The Dark Tower.' This one is titled 'Wolves of the Calla' and I highly recommend it. It is a combination of a western and a sci-fi book. I'm a big sci-fi person.

“The book follows a group of people on their way to find the Dark Tower. They are now gunslingers, people who have come together to help the gunslinger get to the Dark Tower. The people have been plagued by wolves who come and take their children. The gunslinger supplies them with guns; one, made of sandalwood, is really good — heavy, well-crafted and passed down from generation to generation.

“The series is now complete. I found this book in the Cinema Center Garage Sale, and I couldn't put it down.The first book is so magical, so western. King explains why he started writing the series: This is like his Canterbury Tales, and he wanted to be able to finish writing the stories. I recommend them heartily. I also recommend the movies. Movies based on books are always interesting. You can't have everything in the movie that's in the book.

“I've also liked the 'Jurassic Park' series. The books are intense and engaging, and the movies are visually stunning. There are three movies so far. I read the book after seeing the movie.

“I saw 'The Hunger Games' first, then read the book. Fantastic! Engrossing! The character development is great, and the situations become more and more dire. You know all the characters won't make their way out. I'm getting to the point where characters are dying. Peeta and Katniss are the protagonists; Katniss is the narrator.

“A favorite? Probably Chuck Palahniuk's 'Lullaby.' He is an absolutely fantastic writer — cynical, sarcastic. His 'Choke' has been made into a movie. He's written maybe 12 books, and I've read seven or eight. They are wonderful!”